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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways, as Action Star Scarlett Johannson in 'Lucy' Lays Out The Rock in 'Hercules'

Two new openings led by Number One Grosser "Lucy" stood out among this weekend's Top 10 grosses. But this fresh new blood wasn't enough to staunch the overall ongoing box office bleeding. The leading films grossed around $130 million, another significant shortfall ($22 million) from the same time last year. The year to date total now is almost 7% below 2013, and even worse, behind every year since 2008.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 5:12 PM
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'A Most Wanted Man' Makes Top Ten, Woody's 'Magic' Outwits Reviews, 'Boyhood' Still Strong

In this bleak midsummer for specialized product, two strong new releases opened wider than the usual two-city norm. "A Most Wanted Man" (Roadside Attractions) even placed among the wide-release Top Ten--in just 361 theaters-- while Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" (Sony Pictures Classics) shows a continued late-career rebound in interest in the comedy auteur.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 2:44 PM
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Johansson as 'Lucy' Rules Friday Box Office, But How Did 'Hercules' Fare?

Though not exactly the kind of box office rebound that will solve the recent revenue plunge, two opening films showed signs of life yesterday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 26, 2014 1:34 PM
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Best of the Week: TIFF & Venice Stir Fall Fest Circuit, Comic-Con, How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2014 10:30 AM
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'Maleficent' Crosses $700 Million Worldwide, Shining Jewel in Lackluster Summer

Disney's "Maleficent," which opened May 30, has topped $700 million worldwide, marking Jolie’s highest-grossing live action film of all time domestically, internationally and globally, as well as the highest grossing original film of 2014 worldwide. "Maleficent" is a shining jewel in a dull summer box office that has dipped 20 % so far. The year to date is down 6 %.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2014 2:49 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers

Thirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical route with Bong Joon-ho's action adventure "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, seizing the chance to try something new. Weinstein's decision to open the movie via subsidiary RADiUS with a video-on-demand release two weeks after its release in theaters is a seismic distribution event.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2014 5:21 AM
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Five Takeaways as 'Sex Tape' Flops, Summer Top Ten Box Office Continues Downward Spiral

The summer box office downward spiral continues, with another big drop. The Top Ten grossed $130 million compared to $174 million last year; 2014 is down 6% from 2013. What gives?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 4:23 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Boyhood' Is Breakout Hit, 'I Origins' Collapses

The big story at a specialty box office dominated by uneven Sundance 2014 openings and expansions is that Richard Linklater's word-of-mouth and critical success "Boyhood" (IFC) shows significant crossover potential.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 2:16 PM
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Best of the Week: Peter Biskind's New Hollywood, The Beatles, Marquez & Kurosawa & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 19, 2014 2:44 PM
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Summer Box Office Freefall Continues as Three New Films Open

The World Cup is over and that excuse for the clear drop in summer season grosses is gone. This weekend saw three new films opening across three audience sectors, but neither the originality nor the multiple genres managed to put air back into a box office balloon which has been rapidly deflating over the past several weeks.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 19, 2014 2:42 PM
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